STREET-SLEEPERS stayed away in droves from salubrious government shelters during the recent cold spell. But over in Wong Tai Sin they managed to attract a rather different clientele. The foreign tourist who bedded down there had a very nice time, thank you. And it was cheaper than Chungking Mansions, too. There is nothing in the rules that says you have to be a Hong Kong ID cardholder, or even a card-carrying down-and-out, to sleep in the Government's luxurious temporary shelters. The tourist, as it turns out, was from Taiwan. However, news travels fast. So watch out for new entries under 'cheapies' in the next editions of the budget travel guides' fast-shrinking sections on Hong Kong. And be prepared for the first flood of backpackers since the territory's hotels were shifted en masse into a specially-created classification labelled 'stratospheric'. RICHARD Harris, chairman of the local branch of Conservatives Abroad and an untiring seeker after a safe Conservative parliamentary seat, has finally achieved at least part of that ambition by getting himself selected as the candidate for Peterborough. We say 'part', because the best any Tory can hope for under present circumstances is a safe-ish seat. Mr Harris says it would take a five per cent swing against the Tories to dislodge him. That cannot be entirely discounted. The seat is being handed to an unknown from the colonies after being carved out of part of John Major's constituency on one side and Conservative Party chairman Brian Mawhinney's on the other. Still, it is nice to think there is a genuine Hong Kong candidate for the 1997 British parliament. He promises to be a 'real friend of Hong Kong', too, although he does not expect to defy any three-line whips to make his point. Still, as Mr Harris is quick to point out, it is quite an achievement to get selected in such a plum seat - ahead of about 110 other applicants. Especially when you have to fly in from Hong Kong for interviews after working at your desk in Jardine House until 6.30pm on Friday, and then be back at your desk in time for work on Monday morning. How did he do it? Well, one doesn't like to be too cynical about these things. But we can't help wondering if it wasn't a case of mistaken identity. You know how it is. Nice Tory chap. Drops in with a bit of jet-lag. Spent a bit of time serving Britain on the other side of the world . . . 'Yes,' admits Mr Harris. 'In a number of seats I applied for, people saw a card from Hong Kong and thought it was you know who.' ALSO leaving is Amaro Farinha Ribeiras, the Supreme Court President of Macau. His departure will not be widely lamented. It was not just his avowed nostalgia for the era of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini which disturbed people (after all, it doesn't matter if a man says he hankers after a period when trains ran on time if you live in a place with no trains). No, what got them was his tendency to pursue journalists in the courts, accusing them of abusing press freedom by reprinting articles critical of him in the Portuguese media. His claim that the Lisbon Constitutional Court did not know what it was doing, and had no power to overturn his judgment that men wanted for capital offences in China could not be extradited, did not win him too many friends either. Especially since his colleagues in the Macau Supreme Court disagreed. His successor, Manuel Antonio Maduro, who takes over today, is said to be more moderate. WHEN we reported a couple of weeks ago that the People's Liberation Army was wooing Hong Kong with music, we had no idea just how popular such tunes as Beautiful Bauhinia and Don't Worry Mother, Don't Worry Motherland might become. Now we discover another song from the PLA repertoire, I Love You Hong Kong, has made it to No 5 in the Beijing hit parade. A colleague, who heard it rather a lot on a recent visit to the mainland, said: 'The song was sung by a tenor and it is rather similar to another song, I Love You China, which was sung by a soprano.' A Beijing taxi driver told her he had no idea how the popularity of the song had been judged, because the album had not been released and the song was none-too-easy to sing.